The Face of an Angel

A rambling look at the Amanda Knox trial

Daniel Brühl plays a moralistic filmmaker (directorial self-criticism?) who comes to Italy to make a contracted true-crime thriller about the trial of Amanda Knox, the coed accused, convicted, let off, convicted again, and finally found not guilty of the murder of housemate Meredith Kercher.

I’m generally a fan of Michael Winterbottom’s uneven oeuvre, but this skulk of a film left me frustrated and unsatisfied. This rambling, undefining look at the trial never really engages and insists on repeatedly referencing Dante’s Inferno and pontificating on the nature of Truth. Also starring Kate Beckinsale. Japanese title: Tenshi ga Kieta Machi. (101 min)